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Bulls F Taj Gibson agrees to 4-year extension

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Bulls F Taj Gibson agrees to 4-year extension

CHICAGO (AP) Taj Gibson agreed to a four-year, $38 million contract extension with the Chicago Bulls, just before the NBA deadline Wednesday night.

Gibson broke the news following a season-opening win over Sacramento, after emerging from a meeting with executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman. The new deal kicks in after the season, and it locks in one of Chicago's key players for the long term.

``Just having Gar and Pax come in there and say, `We want you here for a long time,' brought tears to my eyes because I said I wanted to be here for a long time,'' Gibson said. ``I want to retire here. It was great.''

It was a stunning reversal considering Gibson said before the game that he was turning down Chicago's offer and didn't expect an agreement.

The sides had until 10:59 p.m. to reach a deal, and they worked it out just in time. Otherwise, Gibson would have become a restricted free agent after the season, meaning the Bulls would have had the right to match any offer he received.

So what changed? Paxson and Forman stressing after the game just how much they wanted to get the deal done helped. Having some time to think about it did, too.

``I told them I don't want to be a selfish player, I just want to get what's fair,'' Gibson said. ``I looked at the numbers. It's a lot of money. I can't really turn down that much money, especially for the security. You never know what can happen through the year.''

Derrick Rose tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the playoffs last season also weighed on Gibson's mind.

``Knowing that at any given moment I can pull a groin, I can hurt my knee,'' Gibson said. ``Having that security and knowing that's going to be there no matter what, that was the main thing. I didn't want to go out there and basically just get hurt.''

A first-round pick out of Southern California in 2009, Gibson is entering his fourth season. He has averaged 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in his career.

``Taj has proven to be a key member of our team and we are very pleased to have reached an agreement with him,'' Forman said in a statement. ``We look forward to him (continuing) to develop his game and we are happy that Taj will be a Bull long term.''

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Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

A bombshell article published Friday morning by Pat Forde and Pete Thaamel of YAHOO Sports details potential NCAA violations involving more than 20 schools and 25 players.

Among some of the biggest names and programs in college basketball includes former Maryland Terrapin, Diamond Stone.

According to documents and bank records that are part of an FBI investigation, Stone received $14,303 while a freshman at Maryland, a clear violation of NCAA rules. 

Former NBA agent, Andy Miller and his former associate, Christian Dawkins of ASM Sports were dishing out the incentives. Included were cash advances, entertainment expenses and travel expenses for high school and college prospects.

Other player's included in the documents include Dennis Smith who played at North Carolina State, Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall, DeMatha star Markelle Fultz who played at Washington and Edrice Adebayo who went on to play at Kentucky. 

Player's and their families from Duke, Michigan State, USC, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama are also included.

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season before declaring for the NBA draft. He was selected 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Stone did end up signing with a different agency.

While this is still under investigation, large consequences for the NCAA can be expected.

The NCAA released this statement following the news. 

These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.

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